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|Expert to Present Public Service Model
Public policy expert Linda Bilmes, a faculty member at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, will give the next installment of the President's Lecture Series at UM.
Bilmes will present "The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service" at 8 p.m. Monday, April 5, in the University Center Ballroom.
Earlier that day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m., Bilmes will give a seminar titled "The Impact of the Iraq War on the Economy" in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.
Bilmes is widely considered one of the leading experts in U.S. budgeting and public finance. She is the co-author of The New York Times best-seller "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict" and "The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service."
The event is UM's J. Stanley Kimmitt Memorial Lecture
on Public Service and supported by a grant in public
policy and leadership from the Maureen and Mike
President's Lecture Series
|Report Outlines UM Economic Impact
A new report finds that UM in Missoula contributes 9,700 additional jobs to the Treasure State, $1 billion in additional after-tax income and more than $200 million in additional state tax revenues.
The report, "The University of Montana: Growing Montana's Economy," was produced during a three-month period by UM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
BBER researchers found UM contributes to a more prosperous state economy through the earning power of its graduates; the contributions of its research, patents and inventions; and the millions of dollars of business it conducts with Montana vendors of products and services. The report also found that the average compensation per job throughout Montana is $1,346 higher because of UM.
The study focused primarily on five areas: University operations, University research, graduate earnings, visitors and student off-campus spending.
Bureau of Business and Economic Research
|Program Seeks Grant Proposals
UM's School of Business Administration, in partnership with the Sunshine Lady Foundation, is now accepting grant proposals from Missoula County nonprofit organizations.
Through the Learning by Giving program, UM students in the business school course Individual and Corporate Philanthropy will distribute grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to eligible nonprofits. To be eligible, an organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides youth or hunger services in Missoula County.
Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. Students in the class will review the proposals and determine the nonprofits that will receive the funds, which will be awarded at a special ceremony May 10.
To apply for a grant or for more information, go to the Learning by Giving Web site.
Learning by Giving
|Dancers Head to National Event
UM's Dance Program has been selected to represent the Northwest region of the American College Dance Festival Association at a national festival to be held May 27-29 at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The ACDFA National College Dance Festival showcases dances chosen by adjudicators at regional conferences held around the country based on their outstanding artistic excellence and merit.
Eleven UM students performed two pieces this month at the ACDFA Northwest conference at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Dance programs from colleges and universities in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming were represented at the regional competition.
The ACDFA National College Dance Festival aims to highlight the quality of the choreography and performance that is being created on U.S. college and university campuses. Three gala performances will present works from 30 colleges and universities.
"Being chosen to attend the national ACDFA festival is the highest honor a university dance program can be given," said UM dance Professor Karen Kaufmann. "It reflects the artistry, performance training and dance technique that our program provides."
School of Theatre & Dance
|Easter Egg Hunt on Oval April 3
The UM Oval will once again take on a festive look Saturday, April 3, for the 10th annual Missoula Easter Eggstravaganza.
Area youngsters 9 and under are invited to bring their baskets and search for thousands of eggs packed with Easter treats during Western Montana's largest egg hunt. The hunt begins when the clock of the Main Hall tower tolls at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
There will be separate sections for age groups 0-2, 3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9. One lucky kid in each age group who finds an egg with a special coupon will be rewarded with a brand-new bicycle. There also will be a parents' raffle for prizes from local businesses.
KPAX weather forecaster Jeff Kelly and 102.5 Mountain FM radio morning personality Rick Sanders will emcee the event. The Easter Bunny, as well as UM mascot Monte, will be on hand for the fun.
The Missoula Easter Eggstravaganza is organized by UM's University Relations with generous sponsorship from local businesses. Student volunteers from several campus organizations will help spread candy and eggs across the Oval lawn the morning of the hunt.
This year's sponsors are Missoula Federal Credit Union, Ponderosa Dental, Free Masons of Missoula Lodge #13, Washington Business Services, Missoula Pediatric Dentistry, the UM President's Office and University Relations, with in-kind donations from A Carousel for Missoula, Quality Supply, The Bookstore at UM, the DoubleTree Hotel Missoula Edgewater, Holiday Inn Downtown At The Park, Freemo's Pizza, The Keep Restaurant, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Mountain Broadcasting and KPAX.
For more information, call University Relations at 406-243-2522.
|Nominate Outstanding Students Now
Nominations now are being accepted for UM's spring 2010 Outstanding Student Leader Award.
All UM students are eligible and can be nominated by any member of the campus community.
The award recognizes hardworking individuals who strive to make UM a better place for students to live, learn and grow. Based solely on leadership and service to the University, the distinguished award is given to a student who exhibits ethical, creative leadership and promotes a positive campus climate while remaining in good academic standing.
The award winner will be recognized by UM's Center for Leadership Development and may receive an in-state tuition waiver for fall semester 2010, depending on eligibility. University regulations restricting fee waivers will apply.
Nominations will be accepted until noon Friday, April 9. Nominees will be recognized at the Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony, which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the University Center Ballroom.
Nomination forms can be picked up at The Source in the UC or found on UC Web site. For more information, call Megan Hallar or Michael Paine at 406-243-5527 or e-mail email@example.com.
Outstanding Student Leader Application
|Off-Campus Renter Center Hosts Fair
The Associated Students of UM Off-Campus Renter Center will host the 2010 Housing and Community Resources Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the University Center Atrium.
The Off-Campus Renter Center hosts the annual fair to educate student renters about rental options in Missoula and community resources for renters. Property management companies, credit educators, city officials, public assistance representatives and University agencies that provide off-campus resources for students will be in attendance. There will be a raffle for cash prizes for students.
According to the Residence Life Office, about 75 percent of the estimated 2,400 students living in on-campus residence halls move off campus every year. There are around 10,000 UM students who rent in the Missoula area. The fair is an opportunity for students to receive more information about living in the Missoula community.
The Housing and Community Resources Fair has a limited number of spots remaining for businesses. To reserve a table, call Beki Hartmann at 406-243-2017 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UM Off-Campus Renter Center
|Montana Rep Presents One-Act Plays
Montana Repertory Theatre Missoula, the professional theatre-in-residence at UM, will bring the talents of three of America's best playwrights to Missoula's Crystal Theatre this month to present bracing, boisterous one-act plays.
The playwrights, James McLure, Roger Hedden and Ron Fitzgerald, have been major contributors to the summer Missoula Colony. Greg Johnson, Montana Rep artistic director, asked them to contribute something for this year's Montana Rep Missoula theme, "The American Worker." They responded with four new darkly hilarious plays about the highs and lows and the laughter and tears of work.
The plays -- "Deep in the Hole" and "If I Had" by Hedden, "Boomtown" by Fitzgerald and "Used Cars" by McLure -- will be presented in true repertory fashion, with different shows on alternate nights April 6-10 and 13-17. Tickets are $10 Tuesday through Thursday and $15 Friday and Saturday.
For more information, visit the Montana Repertory Theatre Web site.
Montana Repertory Theatre
|Greeks Host 'Style Your Sole' Event
Registration for a TOMS Shoes "Style Your Sole" event, organized by fraternity and sorority members at UM, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 5-6, in the University Center.
Greek Life representatives will sell TOMS Shoes to decorate during the "Style Your Sole" event, slated for noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, on the lawn in front of the Gallagher Business Building.
Shoes cost $45, and with every pair purchased, TOMS Shoes will donate a new pair to an underprivileged child. When the shoes are paid for, Greek Life will order them from TOMS and have them ready to decorate for the April 22 event. Decorating supplies will be provided.
Founded on the premise that with every pair of shoes purchased, the company will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need, TOMS helps organizations across the country host "Style Your Sole" events. The company has donated thousands of shoes as a result.
For more information, call Kristen Graham, UM Panhellenic Council social chair, at 714-454-8187 or e-mail email@example.com.
|Celebrate 'Fools Night Out' with KBGA
KBGA 89.9 FM College Radio at UM will bring several bands from Oregon, California, Canada and Missoula to the stage for their annual "Fools Night Out" event at the Badlander and Palace Lounge in downtown Missoula on Friday, April 9.
Hillstomp, from Portland, Ore., and Pack A.D., from Vancouver, B.C., will play the Badlander, located at 208 Ryman. Local band Butter will open.
The California-based hip-hop project known at The Jose Mateo Ep will play the Palace Lounge, located at 135 W. Broadway. FuzZ from Los Angeles also will play the Palace. Local hip-hop group Slopstar will open.
Tickets to attend "Fools Night Out" cost $5 and are available at the doors of the Badlander and the Palace the night of the show. Doors open at 9 p.m. and shows begin at 10 p.m. Concertgoers must be age 18 or older with valid ID.
For more information, visit the KBGA Web site.
KBGA College Radio
|MontanaPBS Rebroadcasts Documentary
MontanaPBS will rebroadcast a documentary that challenges the long-established assumptions of how the Montana Legislature came to adopt one of the most sweeping changes in state economic history -- the deregulation of electric power rates in 1997.
"Power Brokers," which premiered earlier this month, will air again on MontanaPBS at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, and at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 28. Check local listings for channels.
For more than a year, MontanaPBS investigative reporter Anna Rau, who wrote and produced the documentary, researched the origins of the deregulation movement and interviewed principal players in the Legislature, the Public Service Commission, power-industry experts and consumer advocates.
MontanaPBS is a collaborative service of KUFM-TV at UM and KUSM-TV at Montana State University.
|Wolves Take Down Grizzlies
The Griz fell 62-57 to the eighth-ranked New Mexico Lobos in the NCAA men's basketball tournament on March 18 in a game of see-saw runs at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Montana led 29-28 at intermission behind a dominating performance from junior center Brian Qvale, who scored 17 of his career-high 26 points during the first half.
But the first eight minutes of the second half belonged to the Mountain West Conference regular-season champion Lobos. They put together a 17-0 run to take a 46-32 lead with 12:43 to play.
Then it was the Grizzlies' turn. A 12-2 run got them within 48-44 with 8:39 to play, and they eventually crawled to 57-56 on a 16-foot jumper by Anthony Johnson with 1:41 to play. It was Johnson's first field goal of the game.
New Mexico scored its final five points at the line as the Griz couldn't convert and were forced to foul.
The Griz finished their season at 22-10.
|Griz Football Begins Spring Drills
The defending Big Sky Conference champion Grizzlies began 2010 spring drills on Monday, March 15, and culminate spring practice with a scrimmage on Saturday, April 17, in Butte.
Head football coach Robin Pflugrad begins his initial season as the head coach at Montana, although it will be his 28th season working at the college level. Pflugrad took over for Bobby Hauck, who had a seven-year record of 80-17 at UM and is now head coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
This season the Griz return 12 starters (five on offense, five on defense, kicker, punter) and 46 lettermen from a 14-1 team that went 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference en route to their 12th conference championship in a row.
|TGIF Takes a Break
TGIF News will join UM students on Spring Break next week, March 29-April 2.
The e-mail newsletter will return Friday, April 9, with your weekly dose of UM news, events and sports.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana